Student teachers' perceptions of science learning

Knight, Bruce Allen and Waldrip, Bruce G. (2009) Student teachers' perceptions of science learning. Journal of Science Education, 10 (1). pp. 5-9. ISSN 0124-5481

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The purpose of this study was to examine pre-service first-year primary teachers' perceptions about teaching science and words used in primary science. The study utilised a questionnaire to examine their perceptions before they had received any formal science education training at the tertiary level. Perceptions of their self-competence to teach primary science correlated with their perceptions to explain selected words used in primary science. Similar correlations existed between their explained meanings of these words and their ability to explain selected phenomena. There was a weaker correlation between their perceived ability and actual performance. Interviews were used to explore their perceptions, understandings and explanations. Students' uses of various genres of writing were examined. Finally, areas of greatest assistance in developing students' further understanding of science were identified.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2014 23:01
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2014 01:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: science literacy; pre-service teacher; learning; perceptions
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy

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